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Bryan Life 

A publication of Bryan College 
Volume 36, Number 1 

Editorial Office: 
Bryan College 
P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-7000 
(423) 775-2041 


2009 Back to School - Pa 

Bryan Institute 

Page 6 

Introducing Presidential Merit Scholars 

Page 9 

Campus News - Page 11 

William Jennings Bryan 
Unmasked - Page 12 

Income Through Contribution 

Faculty/Staff Notes - Pa 

Friends Are Friends Forever... - Page 18 

Lion Tracks - Pa 

Remembering Bryan i 

Page 24 

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President Vice President for Advancement 

Stephen D. Livesay Blake Hudson 

Director of Alumni Relations 

David Tromanhauser, '80 

Advancement Assistant 

Tracey Bridwell 


Tom Davis, '06H 


Dean Bell 

Director of Development 

Steve Keck 

Director of Planned Giving 

Jim Barth, '57 

Director of Web Communications Office Assistant and Event Planner 

Corinne Livesay Paulakay Franks, '84 

Database & Office Manager 

Janice Pendererass 

Media Specialist 

David Beisner 

letter from 
the president 

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hile looking out over the campus this week from my office 
window, I could not help but reflect on the goodness of our God. 
Seeing many of our new students crossing the Triangle, I could 
read in their faces the eagerness and excitement they are experiencing 
as they begin their journey as new members of the Bryan community I 
eagerly anticipate hearing about the many ways that they, along with our 
returning students and alumni, will impact our culture for Christ in the 
coming year. 

Two icons passed into eternity this summer after having made a significant impact on 
our pop and political cultures: Michael Jackson and Senator Edward Kennedy. We likewise 
have opportunities to shape our culture with the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This 
year's chapel theme calls us to image Christ in our culture and the arts. Our students 
responded enthusiastically to our Spiritual Life Conference speaker, Dr. Gary Stratton of 
Act One in Hollywood, as he challenged us to get involved through prayer and action in 
bringing the redemptive message of Christ to the film and television industry. 

Dr. J. Daryl Charles, our new Director and Senior Fellow of the Bryan Institute for Critical 
Thought and Practice, led our opening convocation. From Proverbs 30 he challenged the 
Bryan community to emulate four small, yet exceedingly wise creatures — to know the 
seasons and take advantage of these times to grow and broaden our Kingdom influence. 
With 250 new students who average above a 25 on their ACT scores, this is an academically 
well-prepared and spiritually minded student body eager to live out our mission to make a 
difference in the world. 

In this issue, we feature our Class of 2013 Presidential Merit Scholars who were selected 
from over 100 equally qualified applicants. We continue our focus on the life of William 
Jennings Bryan with an insightful article written by Bryan alum Dr. Ron Zartman, '64. With 
much appreciation, we recognize the leadership of the immediate past chairman of our 
Board of Trustees, Ramon Perdue and his wife, Trudy, and welcome our new Academic 
Vice President, Dr. Bradford Sample, coming to us from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

From my window I see the ingredients of a college whose students and alumni are 
impacting our culture and making a difference in our world: talented and prepared 
students, a superior faculty committed to teaching from a biblical worldview, a strong 
academic program, a supportive and sagacious Board of Trustees, an effective spiritual life 
program, a staff committed to discipling students, and beautiful yet functional facilities. 
Won't you join me in celebrating the goodness of our God as we begin our 80th year 
making a difference in today's world? 

Stephen D. Livesay 

2009 back 
to school 


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^^^ happening" just might 
^^^ be the unofficial 
motto for the 2009-10 academic 
year at Bryan College, as speakers' 
encouragement, construction, and 
enrollment combined to create 
an air of expectation as school 
opened in August. 

President Stephen Livesay 
challenged parents and new 
students at the first orientation 
session Aug. 22 to follow 
the admonition of Psalm 
37 — " Commit everything to the 
Lord, trust Him, and He will do 

Earlier that day, environmental 
services staff members had to add 
beds to rooms in Robinson Hall 
to accommodate more students 
than had been expected just the 
day before. And less than a week 
later, the work plan for the new 
entrance was modified to include 
building a new parking lot for 
student vehicles. 

Dr. Livesay later said that 
college officials had been 
concerned about enrollment 
because of the uncertainties in 
the economy. "We were afraid a 
lot of students would not be able 
to return, or freshmen would 
not be able to come this fall. But 
enrollment, and the number of 
students' cars on campus led us 
to build a new parking lot, which 

eventually will 
become the 
location of 
the building 
for the Bryan 
Institute for Critical 
Thought and Practice." 

As new students gathered for 
their first orientation session on 
Aug 22, Dr. Livesay reminded 
parents that "there has been a lot 
of prayer for your children and for 
the activities on this campus." 

Those students were an answer 
to prayer, as 252 new students 

During the orientation session, 
Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent 
welcomed the newcomers, saying, 
"You have chosen your college 
well." County Executive Billy Ray 
Patton added, "I would like to 
offer you the key to the county, 
but in Rhea County we never lock 
anything up. Welcome to Rhea 

Upperclassmen returned 
to campus on Aug. 24, and 
registration was completed the 
next day. When the official count 
was made Sept. 7, traditional 
enrollment stood at 793, with 
305 in the Aspire program, and 
50 in the MBA program. Total 
enrollment of 1,148 compares with 
1,079 a year ago. 

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The academic year formally 
began with the convocation 
program Aug. 25, featuring an 
address by Dr. Daryl Charles, 

new director and senior fellow 
of the Bryan Institute for Critical 
Thought and Practice. 

Dr. Charles challenged the 
college family to consider 
the examples from nature 
mentioned in Proverbs 30:24-28, 
illustrating the concept "small but 

"First, they are not just 'wise/ 
they are said to be exceedingly 
wise. Second, three of the four 
are plural, underscoring the 
notion of community, corporate 
dependence, and collective 
effect. Third, and perhaps most 
importantly, all four are united 
rhetorically by strong contrast." 

Ants' "little strength" is 
contrasted with their foresight 
and sense of season. Conies, with 
little power, live in strongholds in 
rocks. Locusts, without a leader, 
"evoke great fear because of their 
sheer destructive power." The 
lizard is an ordinary creature that 
can be found in extraordinary 

He suggested that "we here at 
Bryan are entering a season of 
building, and thus of significant 
change. Properly understood, 
differing seasons root us and 
mature us, reminding us that 
enduring faith is needed to 
embrace what ultimately is out 
of our control or what perhaps is 
new, and therefore disorienting, in 
our experience." 

The proverb of the conies 
"comforts us by reminding us 
of our dwelling place, that is, 
where we find ourselves at home. 

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Our identity is in [God] the 
Rock; our safety is in the Rock; 
our sustenance is in the Rock; 
our preservation is in the Rock. 
This 'dwelling place/ it needs 
reiterating, is impenetrable, 
making us unassailable/' 
Individually, locusts are 
insignificant, but their armies 
are "stunning reminders of 
what can be accomplished in 
community Reflect for a moment 
on the degree of devastation 
and havoc that they can wreak. 
In the spirit of this analogy, let 
us work together in Christian 
community. Let us attempt to 
see the 'devastating' effects of a 
unity of purpose and vision. May 
that unity accomplish wonders at 

Finally, the lizard "is 
depicted in the proverb as 
ordinary yet extraordinary. 
Notice the contrast: the 
common ending up in 
uncommon places — that 
is, where you would not 
expect. God's nature, as 
most of us have learned through 
personal experience, is to do the 
unexpected, and I'll be the first to 
admit that I struggle at times with 
this aspect of the divine character; 
it can be unsettling. 

"May we as a community 
discern the season. May we live 
in the shelter of the Rock. May 
we advance together in bands, 
doing the unthinkable. And may 
we as ordinary people end up in 
extraordinary places." 

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Photos by Tom Davis, Steve Keck, and Jenifer Manzo 

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19 Beverly Hoffman Anthony, 


2 Dan Fry, '04 

20 Kristin Anthony, 13 

3 Kathryn Garrett, '13 

23 Trent Snyder, '13 

4 Mark Garrett, '80 

21 Donna Stephens Snyder, '89x 

7 Candy Garrett 

22 David Snyder, '87 

16 Ruth Ebel, '13 

11 Beverly Meberg 

17 Jim Ebel 

5 Anissa Meberg, '13 

18 Jean Hawkins Ebel, 


6 Ted Meberg, 71 

14 Steve Stewart, '85 

9 Debbie Savage Bailey, '83 

15 Lisa Barth Stewart, 


8 Rachel Bailey, '13 

13 Anna Stewart, '13 

10 Tom Bailey, '83 

1 Anna Fry, '13 


They were youth pastors or teachers, baristas or 
legal secretaries, maybe even fresh out of college, 
but they share at least one thing in common: they are 
Bryan alumni who now work at their alma mater. 

From the "senior" staff member - Jim Barth, a 1957 
graduate - to the newest "freshman" - D.J. Scheidt, 
Class of 2009 - a love for the college and for what 
God is doing here has brought them back to work at 
Bryan after receiving their diplomas. 

Thirty-six of Bryan's 157 full-time employees 
are alumni, working in positions from professor to 
environmental services. 

Asked what led them to return to Bryan as 

an employee, their responses included "I love 
the school," "I wanted to inform, influence, and 
challenge students to make a difference," "I wanted 
to give back," "I loved my time here as a student 
and (wanted to) see other students have a similar 
experience," "God's leading," and "(I was) inspired 
by my professors at Bryan." 

A question about the most rewarding aspect 
of their jobs elicited similar responses: "Helping 
students meet their goals and seeing them mature;" 
"seeing students commit to Christ;" "seeing God 
use graduates for Kingdom work;" "helping high 
schoolers find the college the Lord is calling them 
to;" "the relational aspect of the job (and of Bryan) 
is what I enjoy so much;" "having the opportunity 
to see young people grow in their relationship 

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with Christ/ 7 "the interaction with students/ 7 
"reconnecting with old friends and interacting with 
current students/ 7 "class discussion and student 
interaction/ 7 and "helping students meet their goals. 7 ' 
Dr. Steve Bradshaw, professor of psychology, 

seemed to capture the attitude of alumni working at 
the college: "I am very excited about being at Bryan, 
even after 32 years as a professor and four years as a 
student. I am more committed to the mission of this 
school than ever! 77 

Dr. Bob Andrews, '67, dean of graduate and 
professional studies 

Jonathan Bacon, '04, environmental services assistant 

Jim Barth, '57, director of planned giving 

Dr. Steve Bradshaw, '75, professor of psychology 

Dr. Jeff Bruehl, '76, professor of business 

Tiffany Christian, '04, admissions counselor 

Pamela Davis, '05, instructor in English 

Dr. Brian Eisenback, '02, assistant professor of biology 

Caleb Fendrich, '08, admissions counselor 

Dr. Ken Froemke, '68, accreditation liaison 

Alice Gray, '83, receptionist, office of the president 

Taylor Hasty, '06, head baseball coach 

Rachel Hathaway, '08, administrative assistant to athletics 

Christopher Henderson, '01, assistant admissions director 

Tim Hostetler, '84, vice president of operations 

Margie Legg, '95, executive assistant to the president, 
director of foundation and community relations 

Jordan Mattheiss, '04, sports information director, 
facilities coordinator 

Bruce Morgan, '82, dean of students 

Ben Norquist, '04, assistant director of spiritual formation 

Steve Paulson, '00, database administrator/manager 

Vickie Patterson, '07, adult and professional studies 
financial aid counselor 

Polly Revis, '04, supervisor, library technical services 

PaulaKay Ricketts, '84, advancement assistant/events 

Katy Saynes, '04, assistant professor of education 

Adina Scruggs, '91, director of the MBA 

Tim Shetter, '98, resident director 

Jennifer Travis, '97, coordinator of field experiences/ 
education specialist 

Karin Traylor, '64, administrative assistant to the academic 
vice president 

David Tromanhauser, '80, alumni director 

Kim Turtle, '84, special events coordinator for admissions 

William Wade, '08, enrollment management data analyst 

Marlene Wilkey, '05, director of career planning/ 
corporate relations 

Ben Williams, '04, executive director, Worldview Initiative 

Matt Williams, '01, resident director 

Bonnie-Marie Yager, '07, director of programming, 
Worldview Initiative 

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The Bryan Institute 

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Anew name, a new director, 
and a renewed vision 
to equip the Bryan 
community to influence the 
wider culture mark a new era in 
the development of the Bryan 
Institute for Critical Thought and 

Known as the Bryan Center 
until earlier this year, the 
Bryan Institute is led by Dr. J. 
Daryl Charles, who has taught 
during the last two decades at 
Taylor University and Union 
University. In 2007-08 he was 
William E. Simon Visiting Fellow 
in Religion & Public Life at the 
James Madison Program in 
American Ideals and Institutions, 
Department of Politics, Princeton 

"We are delighted to 
have a scholar of Dr. 
Charles' stature come to 
lead the Bryan Institute 
for Critical Thought 
and Practice/ 7 President 
Livesay said, noting that 
Dr. Charles' professional 
work has focused on 
applying the contours of 
a Christian world- and life-view 
to a wide array of contemporary 
issues and thus expresses the very 
mission of the Bryan Institute. 
As affiliate centers of the Bryan 
Institute examine issues such as 
religion and public life, social 
justice, bioethics, human origins, 
and law and public policy, Dr. 
Charles "will provide leadership 
and support to help the Institute 
and the College make thoughtful, 
biblically consistent contributions 
to matters of public concern/ 7 

Dr. Livesay explained that the 
decision to change the name 
from the Bryan Center to the 
Bryan Institute "more accurately 
defines the restructuring of the 

Institute now that we have five 
Centers — William Jennings Bryan 
Center for Law and Public Policy, 
Center for Origins Research, 
Center for Worldview Studies, 
Center for Leadership Initiatives, 
and the Center for International 
Development. Each of the centers 
provides students and faculty 
with opportunities to research 
and apply a Christian worldview 
to crucial components of our 

He also expressed his 
appreciation to Dr. Charles Van 
Eaton, the founding director 
of the Bryan Center. "He did 
outstanding work in birthing the 
Center and providing the vision 
for what could be accomplished 


Educationally, Dr. Charles 

describes himself as a 

"mongrel/ 5 one who is "all 

over the board../' 


through the Bryan community as 
we networked with other colleges 
and universities." 

Dr. Charles is author, co-editor, 
or translator of 11 books on topics 
ranging from natural law, war 
and peace, and the moral life to 
wisdom literature, Protestant 
evangelicalism, and the New 
Testament epistle of Jude, and 
author of more than 100 articles 
published in scholarly journals. 
He had spoken at a Bryan Center 
symposium on "just war" in 2007, 
an experience that left a deep 
impression. "I sensed, during 
those days, that I was among 
kindred spirits," he said. 

Educationally, Dr. Charles 

describes himself as a "mongrel," 
one who is "all over the board, 
as evidenced by my writing. 
Fm very interdisciplinary. I love 
interaction between the academic 

Two factors excite him about 
being at Bryan: that the college 
has committed itself to what is 
enduring, to Christ and 
His lordship over all of 
creation; and that the 
vision of the college is to 
develop creative modes of 
expression and to explore, 
as best it can, all realms of 
knowledge through the lens 
of Christ's cosmic lordship. 
"That, after all, should be 
the task of the university," 
he said, "since the university, in 
its twelfth-century genesis, was 
the product of distinctly Christian 

To illustrate the breadth of 
vision that should typify the 
Christian academy, Dr. Charles 
lists as possible topics for future 
Bryan Institute symposia "the 
new biology," genetics and brain 
science, evolutionary psychology, 
bioethics, media and culture, 
journalism, Christian conviction 
and business, Christians in the 
arts, and the state of liberal arts 

"I have a burden to see 
interdisciplinary interaction in 
the collegiate context," he said, 

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and as an example cited the 
recent interdisciplinary summer 
seminar in Christian scholarship 
on genocide at Calvin College 
in which he participated. "It 
is my hope that our academic 
departments will be at the 
forefront of deciding what topics 
need to be treated in future 
symposia; let us think as widely 
and broadly as possible. I do 
hope that the yearly symposia 
will have a trickle-down effect on 
the whole institution, especially 
showing itself in energetic 
classroom discussions. If the 
various academic departments 
take ownership of the symposia, 
as is my wish, these events will 
not merely amount to some sort 
of 'mountaintop experience' 
occurring several times a year; 
rather, they will help us all think 
more Christianly about life." 

"Interdisciplinary" may be an 
academic passion for Dr. Charles, 
but it also might describe his 
entire life. He earned a bachelor's 
degree in health education at West 
Chester State University, where 
he competed in two sports as 
a student. After graduating, he 
traveled with a gymnastic troupe 
for five years, finally landing in 

During his time at a Christian 
arts school in Canada — in 
response to his interest in music — 
he met his wife, a social worker 
and nurse from Germany who 
was interested in dance. "We 
returned to Chicago where we 
were married, and then went to 
(former West) Germany, where we 
spent the early years of married 
life," he said. "Without question, 
those were the most formative 
years of my life. Two of the three 
years there, I studied the German 
language and linguistics at the 
university and became fluent 
in German. Later, I translated a 
book on the Old Testament from 
German to English. I could not 
have done that without those 
years being wholly immersed in 

the culture itself. 

"Throughout the 1970s I had 
been exposed to a good bit of 
missions travel, and in this period 
I had witnessed great diversity 
in the body of Christ. During 
those years of living in Germany, 
however, I began to experience 
a deepening of my desire to 
learn and go back to school. Up 
to that point, I had never been 
a good student, active learner, 
or much of a reader; in my 30s, 
however, that began to change. 
Living in Germany, experiencing 
a different culture, and observing 
God's work in my life — perhaps 
all three factors — combined to 
produce a significant change in 
my appetites." 

Dr. Charles went on to 
pursue doctoral studies at 
Catholic University of America 
and Westminster Theological 
Seminary, where he earned his 
Ph.D. in hermeneutics. 

The variety of life experience 
and academic diversity has given 
Dr. Charles a deep appreciation 
for Christian liberal arts education 
and preparing students for a 
broad range of careers. "Some 
of our students will become 
pastors and youth ministers, but 
not many," he noted. "Most will 
end up being butchers, bakers, 
candlestick-makers, and so on. 
The great challenge is the market- 

place. But how will we prepare 

He sees a need to be "holistic 
in our approach toward both 
life and education. If, as Jesus 
admonishes us, we are called 
to love the Lord with all of our 
heart, soul, mind, and strength, 
then we must deeply appreciate 
the life of the mind and be good 
stewards of all the knowledge that 
we possess, whether it applies to 
the arts, the sciences, business, or 
the humanities. One of the great 
advantages of Christian liberal 
arts education is that we have the 
joy and privilege of plumbing the 
depths of all areas of knowledge. 
Hence, it behooves us, at an 
academic institution that confesses 
its loyalty to the Creator of all 
things, to think in the broadest 
and most cosmic of terms." 

With this goal in mind, Dr. 
Charles sees the Bryan Institute 
providing opportunities to 
supplement classroom learning 
by exposing students to in-depth 
consideration of topics that both 
their professors and the wider 
culture consider important. At 
the same time that Christians 
are called to be creative and 
innovative, Dr. Charles stressed, 
they are called to be faithful to the 
historic Christian faith. "While I 
was a visiting scholar at the James 
Madison Program at Princeton, 

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I was immersed in a culture of 
secular fundamentalism. That 
environment reminded me of 
how important our foundations 
are. I was reminded that we have 
to understand and be conversant 
with the assumptions that drive 
culture; we must be thoughtful 
students of the culture and 
discern the shifting currents 
of the contemporary Zeitgeist. 
At the same time, we are to be 

rooted in what is permanent 
and unchanging. This bedrock 
will allow each of us not only 
to answer 'What do I believe?' 
but to probe critically important 
questions such as 'Why do I 
believe what I believe?' and 'What 
are the public ramifications of my 

As students apply themselves 
in their particular majors and 
take advantage of programs 

such as those offered through 
the Bryan Institute, Dr. Charles 
expects to see Bryan graduates in 
increasing numbers represented 
in challenging post-graduate 
programs and vocations 
nationwide. "Bryan students will 
be seen for what they are," Charles 
insists. "I fully expect to see them 
go to the best graduate schools 
and to influence all corners of our 

Plan to join us for the 
next Bryan Institute Symposia: 

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Conferences or Student Worldview Conferences 
held at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. 

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introducing presidential 
merit scholar 

Nine freshmen have been 
awarded Presidential Merit 
Scholarships, the highest 
academic award presented by 
the college. Presidential Merit 
Scholarships are awarded based 
on high school grades, college 
entrance test scores, an essay, 
and an interview with faculty 
New Presidential Merit Scholars 

Rachel Abbott, daughter of Don 
and Joy Abbott of Seymour, Tenn., 
biblical studies major. Rachel, a 
graduate of Heritage High School, 
was editor-in-chief of Highlights, 
the school yearbook, a member of 
the National Honor Society and 
Student Council and president 
of Future Business Leaders of 
America. She has been a volunteer 
at Chilhowee Baptist Center and 
a living history volunteer at Fort 
Loudon State Historic Park. She 
was a delegate to Volunteer Girls' 
State in 2008, and pianist at The 
Church at the Baptist Center. She 
learned about Bryan from an elder 
in her church who knew a Bryan 
graduate and recommended she 
investigate the school. Bryan's 
" focus on Christ and a biblical 
worldview is what made me 
decide to come here/ 7 She is 
considering being involved with 
student government and missions 
outreaches. She is not sure of her 
plans following graduation. 

Lauren Estes, daughter of Glenn 
and Lisa Estes of Durham, N.C., 
business major. Lauren, a home 
school graduate, was involved 
with drama, played basketball, 
taught piano, and was a member 
of the community chorus. She 
learned about Bryan when the 
Worldview Team visited her 
church when she was in the 
eighth grade. She decided to 
come to Bryan because of the 
biblical worldview emphasis and 
the community atmosphere. At 
Bryan, she plans to participate 
in one of the Practical Christian 
Involvement ministries. Lauren's 
plans for life after graduation are 

Brian Huff, son of John and 
Donna Huff of Chapel Hill, N.C., 
music /musical theatre major. 
Brian, a home school graduate, is 
a member of the National Honor 
Society. He is an award-winner 
from the North Carolina Theatre 
Conference. He learned about 
Bryan from his drama teacher, 

who knew students who attended 
Bryan. Brian decided to attend 
because he is "a strong believer 
that Christians should be active 
in the arts and media. I felt like 
Bryan was the best choice for me 
to get the right kind of training 
for that ministry/ 7 He hopes to 
be involved in drama and music 
programs. Brian is considering 
being an actor or playwright after 
he graduates. 

Jordan Kelly, daughter of Kevin 
and Melody Kelly of Tullahoma, 
Tenn., English major. Jordan, a 
home school graduate, has been a 
member of teams that won state 
competitions and placed second 
and fifth in national consumer 
quiz competitions. She has been 
president, secretary /treasurer 
and senior representative for 
the Coffee County Home School 
4-H Club, and was active in the 
National Christian Forensics and 
Communications Association. 
Jordan learned about Bryan while 
doing research about colleges. 
She decided to attend because she 
was impressed with the strength 
of the English department and 
the care of the faculty and staff 
for students. She hopes to be 
involved with a Practical Christian 
Involvement ministry, drama, 
and student government. After 
graduation, Jordan plans a career 
as a writer. 

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Josh Kirkland, son of John and 
Lorie Kirkland of Indian Trail, 
N.C., biology-pre-medical major. 
Josh, a home school graduate, was 
a member of the National Society 
of High School Scholars Honor 
Society, an academic tutor and 
mentor for inner-city Hispanic 
high school athletes, and a coach 
and referee for his church's soccer 
program. He learned about 
Bryan through Danny Harvey, 
a 2005 Bryan graduate, and 
communication studies professor 
Dr. Jeff Myers. Josh decided 
to enroll because of Bryan's 
worldview emphasis, academic 
reputation, and Christian 
environment. He plans to play 
soccer and is considering being 
involved with Practical Christian 
Involvement and student 
government. After graduating, 
he plans to attend medical school 
to prepare for a career in medical 
and sports missions. 

Anna Stewart, daughter of Steve 
and Lisa Stewart of Cleveland, 
Tenn., business administration/ 
management major. Anna, a home 
school graduate, was involved 
with the National Christian 

Forensics and Communications 
Association Speech and Debate 
league, earning regional and 
national honors; was first runner- 
up in the Cleveland Junior Miss 
program; and was assistant 
concertmaster for the Chattanooga 
Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her 
grandparents, parents, sister, and 
several other family members 
attended or are enrolled at Bryan. 
She decided to attend because 
she believes Bryan offers "a first- 
rate, well-rounded education 
that doesn't leave God out of 
the picture." Anna hopes to 
participate in student government, 
musical opportunities, and 
possibly debate or the Worldview 
Initiative. She is undecided about 
her plans after graduation. 

in missions. 

Courtney Tuggle, daughter 
of Ron and Malinda Tuggle of 
Murfreesboro, Tenn., liberal 
arts /nursing major. Courtney, 
a home school graduate, was 
active in the Youth Leadership 
Rutherford (County) program, 
and in speech and debate and 
dance competitions. She learned 
about Bryan from older siblings 
and from her involvement with 
Summit Ministries. Bryan's 
commitment to its mission 
statement and the quality of 
the faculty helped her decide to 
enroll. While at Bryan, Courtney 
hopes to become involved with a 
Practical Christian Involvement 
ministry and possibly with theatre 
productions. After graduation, 
she plans to become a nurse 
practitioner and pursue ministry 

Tori Woodson, daughter of 
Terry and Scheloe Woodson of 
Chattanooga, Tenn., English/ 
secondary education major. Tori, 
a graduate of Silverdale Baptist 
Academy, was vice president of 
the student council, a member of 
National Honor Society, Beta Club 
and Interact Club, and was captain 
of the cheerleading squad. She 
learned about Bryan at a college 
fair at her high school, then saw 
a presentation by the Worldview 
Team. Although she initially did 
not consider Bryan, "Bryan kept 
coming up." Tori was impressed 
by the personal attention from 
admissions counselors, Prof. 
Bill Harle, and the "warm 
and genuine atmosphere" she 
experienced. When she was 
notified she had received the 
Presidential Merit Scholarship as 
well as a prestigious grant from 
another school, "I had to give it 
to God. What I had been praying 
for was peace. I had it when I 
decided to come to Bryan." Tori is 
interested in becoming involved 
with the Student Government 
Association and the Tutoring 
ministry. After she graduates, she 
plans to teach high school English, 
and may become active in politics. 

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Dr. Bradford 

Sample has 

been named 

academic vice 

president of 

Bryan College, 


Dr. Cal White, 

who resigned earlier this year to 

pursue other interests. 

Dr. Sample comes to Bryan from 
Indiana Wesleyan University, where 
he served for the past six years as 
director of liberal arts and electives, 
dean of the college of adult and 
professional studies, and most recently 
as an historian and associate dean of 
the school of social and behavioral 
sciences and business. 

He said he was attracted to Bryan 
because "I have always wanted to 
be a part of a community of scholars 
and a school dedicated to spreading 
God's Word to the world. I love 
Bryan's commitment to God's Truth 
and its reputation as a place of great 
community and instruction. In 
addition, who wouldn't love to move 
to Tennessee?" 

Core values he brings with him 
include working to ensure the college 
"remains true to the mission that is 
inspired by our faith; upholds high 
academic standards; and enhances 
our commitment to innovation 
and creativity that will inform 
administrative decisions and curricula 

and aid our students after they leave 
our institution." 

Dr. Sample and his wife, Michelle, 
are the parents of Caleb, 7, and 
Grace, 5. 

President Stephen Livesay said, 
"We're excited to have Dr. Sample 
lead our academic team. He brings 
a breadth of academic experience 
and a deep passion for a Christian 
liberal arts education. His academic 
credentials, scholarly work, biblical 
worldview, and commitment to Jesus 
Christ make him a great fit for Bryan." 


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Fifty computers that have been 
taken out of service at Bryan 
College will become the newest 
educational technology for a school in 
mountainous central Honduras. 

Director of Information Technology 
Services Stefon Gray said the 
computers have been donated to 

Destino del Reino, a ministry operated 
by alumna Rhonda Jackson, '11 . "We 
have to dispose of old equipment," 
Mr. Gray said. "This way we pull the 
computers out of service before they 
die, and we don't have to send them 
to the landfill." 

While the computers may be old 
by American computer standards, 
they have been thoroughly tested and 
reprogrammed with "open source" 
educational programs that do not 
violate copyright laws. 

Serge Yurovsky, '98, who helped 
arrange the gift, said Destino del 
Reino does not have any consistent 
computer equipment in the 
school needed for an educational 
environment. "Bryan's gift will allow 
them to create two computer labs, help 
develop a network, and eventually 
place a computer in each classroom," 
he said. "Most of the students who 
attend the school at Destino cannot 
afford to attend any of the other 
schools in this very poor region. 
This gift will give students access 
to technology and learning that are 
otherwise unimaginable." 

Mr. Gray said David Snyder, '87, 
who owns an Internet service business 
in Dayton, Tenn., is working with a 
team planning to go to Destino del 
Reino to install the network for the 

"This really is a Bryan thing," Mr. 
Yurovsky said. "We have alumni from 
different generations working together 
on this project. We have Bryan in 

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1 1 



william Jennings bryan 
unmasked bav^omu^.zommu'65 


While rummaging through 
the remains of our 
parents' estate several 
years ago, my brothers and I 
came across a treasure from our 
childhood days. It was a ring, cast 
in pot metal with an adjustable 
band, featuring a silver bullet 
with a secret compartment. This 
Lone Ranger ring was practically 
worthless except for one detail — 
recovery of this relic provided a 
provocative tool for reflection. 
The Lone Ranger, befriended 
by his faithful companion, Tonto, 
was the sole survivor of a 
company of Texas Rangers 
who had been wiped out 
by a gang of outlaws. He 
and Tonto worked to right 
the world's wrongs; and 
when justice was done, the 
Lone Ranger — as a token of 
his service — left behind a 
silver bullet before he rode 
off into the sunset. Adding to the 
drama, his identity was obscured 
by a mask. Upon his departure, 
with Silver's hoofbeats fading 
into the distance, the question 
was always asked "Who was 
that masked man?" I believe this 
question must be asked of many 
historical personages, not the 
least of whom is William Jennings 

Who was William Jennings 
Bryan? We can answer that 
question with the basics: born 
in Salem, 111., on March 19, 1860; 
father Silas Lillard Bryan, mother 
Mariah Elizabeth Jennings, wife 
Mary Elizabeth Baird, children 
and extended family; education, 
career. He moved to Lincoln, Neb., 
in 1887, got involved in politics, 
was elected as a Democratic 
representative to Congress in 1891 
(not bad in a solid Republican 
state), attended the Democratic 

National Convention in 1896, 
gave a sensational speech and 
became the presidential candidate 
(with repeat performances in 1900 
and 1908). He served as Secretary 
of State under President Woodrow 
Wilson from 1913-1915 and 
resigned over convictions relating 
to World War I. He assisted the 
prosecution at the Scopes Trial 
in Dayton, Tenn., in 1925, passed 
away in that town at age 65, and 
was catastrophically recreated in 
Lawrence and Lee's play "Inherit 
the Wind" in 1955. How do all 

The Atlantic (Dec. 2006) 

defines Bryan as the 36th 

most influential person of 

all American history 

those interesting and informative 
facts come together to constitute 

I'm convinced that the true 
identity — thus importance — of 
WJB is slowly being unmasked 
and recognized. Robert Cherny's 
A Righteous Cause (1985) offers 
much to a reconstruction of 
Bryan's true identity and 
importance. Michael Kazin's A 
Godly Hero (2006) contributed 
immensely to a rediscovered 
Bryan. The Atlantic (Dec. 2006) 
defines Bryan as the 36th 
most influential person of all 
American history. (Lincoln 
was first, Washington was 
second and Albert Einstein 
was 32nd.) Putting Bryan 
in a larger arena, 1,000 Years, 
1,000 People (1998) asserts that 
Bryan was one of the 1,000 
most influential people of the 
last millennium. But who was that 

masked man? 

In the case 
of The Atlantic, 
10 highly-regarded 
historians were asked to list 
America's 100 most influential 
persons. When run through a 
journalistic blender, the list was 
compiled. But the process begs 
^ the question, "How do you 
define / influence? ,// 

The book 1000 Years, 1,000 
People went into greater 
detail to develop its list of 
major personages, raising 
the ante from American 
history to world history, and 
from 100 years to 1000 years. 
On this global list, Bryan 
was number 911 (preceded by Karl 
Barth at 910). 

A biographical system was 
developed to define "importance" 
for the many historical figures 
being considered. Points were 
awarded in response to five basic 
questions asked of the life and 
contributions of each individual. 
Let's consider those five questions. 

Signing the Peace Treaties with Great Britain, 
France, Spain, and China, September 15, 1914 

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1) What is the lasting 
influence of this person's life on 
the millennium? What lasting 
influence did Bryan pack into 
those years between 1860 and 
1925? It was his far-reaching 
Christian /political legacy built 
on his Christian worldview. 
That's the fundamental difference 
between a ten-day Bryan and the 
total Bryan. During his time as 
Secretary of State (1913-1915), for 
example, Bryan was instrumental 
in negotiating dozens of peace 
treaties which had as their 
cornerstone a "cooling off" period 
to pursue peaceful alternatives to 
conflict. His efforts found traction 
in Article XII of the Charter of the 
League of Nations when founded 
in 1919. The League became the 
United Nations after World War II. 
The case could be made that WJB 
was the grandfather of the United 

2) How did the person 
contribute to the sum total of 
wisdom and beauty in the world? 
Bryan wasn't a Michelangelo or 

a Mozart, and he never won a 
beauty contest! He was a prolific 
writer, albeit of a relatively 
common genre. I would suggest 
his significance begins with 
his masterful use of words. To 
his opponents he gave verbal 
advantage. To his listeners 
he extended commonality. 
To the undecided he offered 
companionship in struggle. And 
to his supporters he set their 
feet in concrete. His "Cross of 
Gold" speech was astounding — 
considered by some the most 
important political campaign 
speech ever made. Cheering went 
on for 45 minutes after which, 
having served in Congress for just 
two terms, Bryan was nominated 
for president, the youngest major 
party candidate ever designated to 
run for the nation's highest office. 
Bryan knew how to "mine" the 
masses over common issues. He 
was a Populist of first magnitude. 

3) How did this person influence 
his contemporary world? Bryan's 
faith system was bonded with 
his political life in a way seldom 
seen today. He was a staunch 
conservative theologically and a 
rank liberal politically — the exact 
opposite of what we encounter 
today. But his sense of justice and 
righteousness produced a number 
of contributions to contemporary 
society — among them the 16th 
through 19 th Amendments 
to the Constitution, workers' 
compensation, minimum wage, 
Federal Reserve Act, 
and Departments of 
Health, Education, and 
Labor. His value system 
enabled him to see 
beyond the immediate 
landscape. In that 
context, his concern over 
the Darwinian drift of 
American education was 
more far-reaching than 
most of us realize today. 

4) To what extent 
were this person's 
achievements the result 
of his own originality? Bryan's 
power to merge the obvious 
with the ordinary to create the 
ingenious was at the heart of his 
thinking. His connectedness with 
the common gave him license to 
make the commonplace profound. 
"Destiny is not a matter of chance; 
it is a matter of choice. . .." Not 
truly profound, but profoundly 
true! The campaign issue of 1896, 

bimetallism, had been kicking 
around since the Civil War, but 
he gave it structure and meaning. 
Likewise, he had the knack to 
reduce complex issues to meet the 
understanding of the common 
man. Bryan's talent was expressed 
in the packaging as well as in 
the product. As portrayed by 
some, he was not considered 
an original thinker nor was he 
deemed brilliant. His genius was 
evidenced in taking what were 
often-times brown-paper issues 
and wrapping them in silver and 
bows. In this he was without peer 
in the political world of his day. 

5) How charismatic was this 
person? To what extent did 
Bryan emotionally bond with his 
constituency? Did the people love 
him? They surely did. Bryan's 
Chautauqua circuit always 
brought out the largest crowds. 
People would travel hundreds 
of miles to see and hear him. In 
his passion to be with people — 
speaking 16 to 18 times daily — 

he was the first presidential 
candidate to take the election to 
the people rather than to require 
that the people come to him. The 
fact that he was never elected to 
the presidency had more to do 
with a highjacked political system 
than with a shortage of committed 

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T. Ramon Perdue may have 
come to know Bryan College 
later in life, but his love for 
the school has driven him to make 
up for lost time. 

Five years after he retired as 
senior vice president and chief 
officer of the life department 
of Provident Life and Accident 
Insurance Co. in Chattanooga, 
Tenn., he joined the Bryan Board 
of Trustees at the invitation of 
trustees Erwin "Lat" Latimer and 
the late Bill Graf. 

"They knew my Christian 
beliefs were compatible with the 
school, and were familiar with my 
business experience/ 7 Mr. Perdue 
recalled. "They approached me 
and we began a dialogue about 
it. They invited me to see the 
campus, and I met then-President 
Bill Brown. One thing led to 
another, and I joined the board in 
October of 1999. 

"I remember thinking at the 
time that Christ Above All was 
not just a motto but the overall 
feeling I observed. That led me 
to a sudden realization: I wished 
I could have made it available to 
my own three kids/ 7 

Four months after his joining 
the board, a fire devastated the 
school's administration building, 
challenging the very existence of 

the college. 

"I'll never forget the morning 
of the day after the fire/ 7 he said. 
"Dee Mooney (then vice president 
for finance) walked me down 
to the basement of Rudd where 
they had set up the school's 
administrative offices. My first 
thought was 'This is what London 
must have looked like during the 
blitz in 1940. ' There was a moment 
of personal panic, then I realized 
that they were running a college 
from that site, and it was working. 

"In two weeks, we had trailers 
set up for faculty offices and 
classrooms. I have never been 
quite as impressed as then. I have 
had my share of difficulties over 
the years, but I have never seen 
any business or organization take 
a hit like that, come up swinging, 
and never look back. To this day, 
I am amazed at the answers to 
prayer reflected in the new library, 
new administration building, and 
it hasn't stopped to this day." 

Fellow trustee Ralph Green 
recalled that Mr. Perdue 
"provided good insight and 
wisdom in the aftermath of the 
fire, with his experience in the 
field of insurance." 

While the fire was a milestone 
for the college and his service on 
the board, Mr. Perdue said the 

most important event in his tenure 
has been selecting Dr. Stephen 
D. Livesay as president. "That 
is not a political statement, it's a 
pragmatic statement," he said. 
"I think it has been borne out as 
we look back over the past six 
years, and I'm proud to say I had 
something to do with it." 

"Something to do with it" was 
chairing the search committee, "a 
time of very intensive work," Mr. 
Green said. 

Dr. Livesay is quick to return the 
compliment. "Ramon and Trudy 
Perdue are a true blessing to the 
entire Bryan community," he said. 
"It was during Ramon's tenure 
as chairman of the board that the 
college made significant strides in 
increasing enrollment, developing 
new programs, strengthening our 
endowment, adding new facilities, 
and paving the way for our new 
entrance and road to campus. 

"I cannot adequately express my 
appreciation for Ramon and Trudy 
and their love for our students and 
faculty. It is Ramon's talents and 
gifts of business acumen coupled 
with his deep love for Jesus Christ 
and Christian ministry that has 
provided leadership for our board 
and enabled me and all of us at 
Bryan to live out our motto and 

As he reflects on his service 
on the board, including serving 
as chairman from 2004 to 2008, 
Mr. Perdue said, "Recovery from 
the fire, a new library, upgraded 

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administration building, Robinson 
Hall, plans for campus expansion, 
the entrance — goodness knows, 
those are highlights/ 7 This 
list mirrors his management 
philosophy for boards "to identify 
candidates who meet all the 
criteria to be chief executive officer, 
make sure he is a leader, and to 
step back, offer all the help you can 
give him, and get out of his way/ 7 

Mr. Perdue is quick to point 
out that his wife, Trudy, is an 
integral part of his service to 
the college. "Any time I need a 
pick-up, she does a beautiful job 
supplying that. Not only does 
she share the motto of the school, 
she is equally captivated by the 
atmosphere, size, and vision of 
the school — 'educating students to 
become servants of Christ to make 
a difference in today's world/ She 
is my example of a Proverbs 31 
wife, and I am proud to be referred 
to by most people as 'Trudy's 

If you have been graduated from Bryan for more 
than 50 years and would like to share memories 
of your time on the Hill with Bryan Life 
readers, please write between 300 and 
400 words and send them to Bryan Life, 
Bryan College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, 
TN 37321 or email to alumni@bryan. 
edu. Please include a current picture 
of yourself. While we can't promise 
to publish every submission, we 
will consider all for publication in 
future editions of Bryan Life. 

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(continued from page 13) 

Where does all this bring us 
today? I suspect that the only 
Bryan many people know would 
be the Bryan of July, 1925. That's a 
ten-day Bryan. The interpretation 
of William Jennings Bryan through 
"Inherit the Wind" didn't foster a 
namesake of whom we could be 
proud. The college administration 
has taken a proactive role in 
presenting the total Bryan which 
is also the true Bryan. It has been 
the secular world that has again 
caught our attention; but this 
time they're saying, "You folks 
ought to stand tall in honor of 
that man!" It is noteworthy that 
Presidents George W. Bush and 
Barack Obama have read Kazin's 
book and have spoken favorably 
of Bryan. 

WJB's shadow has been cast 

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long across American and world 
history. We are a most privileged 
college community, my fellow 
alumni and friends, and we are 
positioned to extend the legacy 
of the unmasked Bryan. Let's 
tackle today's new opportunities 
by giving our utmost support to 
this institution — in tribute to the 
Christian statesman for whom 
it was named and in gratitude 
for the cause of Christ which it 
continues to serve. 

Resources for further study: 

Bryan, William J., and Mary Baird 
Bryan. The Memoirs of William 
Jennings Bryan. Chicago: The John 
C. Winston Co., 1925. 

Cherny, Robert W. A Righteous 
Cause: The Life of William Jennings 
Bryan. Boston: Little Brown, 1985. 

Gottlieb, Agnes Hooper, Henry 
Gottlieb, Barbara Bowers and 
Brent Bowers. 1000 Years, 1000 
People: Ranking the Men and Women 
Who Shaped the Millennium. New 
York, Tokyo, London. Kodansha 
International, 1998. 

Kazin, Michael. A Godly Hero: The 
Life of William Jennings Bryan. New 
York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 

Olson, LaDonna Robinson. 
Legacy of Faith: The Story of Bryan 
College. Hayesville, NC: Schoettle 
Publishing Co., Inc., 1995. 

The Atlantic, December 2006 

Dr. Ronald R. Zartman, '65, is 
executive director ofRiverbend 
Ministries, Inc., in Grandville, Mich. 

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Mr. Jim Barth, Mr. Tom Davis, 
and Mr. Steve Keck had roles in 
"One Hot Summer/ 7 a new play 
presented during Dayton's 22nd 
annual Scopes Festival in July 

Mr. Adam Crownoble and Mr. 
Steve Paulson attended a "Skills 
for Managers and Supervisors" 
seminar in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 

Mr. Stefon Gray and Mr. 
James Sullivan attended the 
Tennessee Independent Colleges 
and Universities Association 
Information Technology retreat in 
Nashville, Tenn., in May Mr. Gray 
gave a presentation on classroom 
technology configuration and Mr. 
Sullivan gave a presentation on 
network tools. 


Mr. Taylor Hasty attended 
baseball showcases in Atlanta, 
Ga.; Marietta, Ga.; and Knoxville, 
Tenn.; and a camp in Kentucky in 
June and July. 

Mr. Jeremy Kauff man has 

resigned his position as head 
athletic trainer to accept a similar 
position at his alma mater, 
Messiah College, in Grantham, Pa. 

Dr. Phil Lestmann attended 
the 17th biennial conference of 
the Association of Christians in 
the Mathematical Sciences at 
Wheaton College in May. During 
the conference, he gave a talk, 
"Are Mathematical Entities Real?" 
While there, he and his wife, 
Darlene, met with Rich and Kathy 
Barnhart. Rich was the chair of 

the Bryan Math department who 
hired Phil in 1977. 

Dr. Jeff Myers was keynote 
speaker for the Christian Home 
Educators Fellowship of Alabama 
conference in Birmingham and 
the Association of Christian 
Schools International conference 
in Virginia Beach, Va., in June, and 
spoke at the Summit Ministries 
session at Liberty University and 
Bryan College in July. 

Mrs. Marlene Wilkey attended 
the Strategic Business Conference 
in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July. The 
conference theme was "Effective 
networking through Linkedin, 
Facebook and Twitter, and 
Customers and Communication." 

Mary Stewart Lewis, regional director for 
AT&T Tennessee, recently presented a check 
for $1,575 to Bryan College through the AT&T 
Foundation's employee and retiree matching 
gifts program. "AT&T employees have a long 
tradition of giving back to their communities 
and our employees can maximize the 
impact of their giving through our matching 
program," Ms. Lewis said. "We are proud to 
support Bryan College in this way." Bryan President 
Stephen D. Livesay said, "We are pleased to have 
the support of AT&T employees and retirees and 
appreciate the foundation's matching gift." State 

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Sen. Ken Yager and State Rep. Jim Cobb commended 
AT&T for supporting educational and cultural 
institutions in the state. Pictured, from left, are Dr. 
Livesay, Ms. Lewis, Rep. Cobb and Sen. Yager. 




Over the past 20 months, I have been blessed to reconnect with so 
many alums. I have heard dozens of life stories, some filled with 
tragedy, others with triumph. I have heard and seen of God's 
riches and grace being poured out on our Bryan family. I have witnessed 
Christ Above All being lived out on a daily basis. 

I have two stories to share with you that should warm your heart, and 

again, give you a glimpse into the kind of family you are a part of, the Bryan College Alumni Family. 

The first one is about Sheila Barber '80. Recently, God blessed her with a wonderful husband. They were 
married in May in Alexander City, Ala. They had a surprise guest at the wedding: Dr. Ralph Paisley, science 
professor at Bryan from the mid '70's to the mid 80' s. He came from UTAH to see his former student 
get married! When I heard that, I realized that our professors were not only interested in our academic 
achievement, they were interested in us personally. He came almost 2,000 miles to see his friend get married. 
This reminds me of a comment I heard from a visitor to campus last year who asked a senior why she came 
back to Bryan. She said, "I love my professors! But better than that, they love me back/ 7 We started with 
professors, who became mentors, who became friends. Doc Anderson still stops by my office about once a 
month to "see what's new and shakin'." 

The second is a wedding I attended in Detroit, Mich. Jenny Ruark, '03, daughter of Ron and Nancy Ruark, '80, 
got married in August. Her friends from Bryan came as well. Laura Smith Strode came from Oklahoma. Jason 
and Amanda Erickson came from Seattle. Lisanne Boling came from D.C. Rachael Palmer Bailes came from 
Birmingham, Ala. Heidi Rew came from Atlanta. Kauri Tallant came from Chattanooga. I was very impressed 
with the level of friendship and commitment to each other that these young ladies had. There were 21 alums 
in attendance that day. 

I heard there were over 50 alums at the wedding of Elisabeth Cochrane, '09, daughter of Paul and Barb 
Cochrane, '83, and Taylor Hollings worth, '09, son of Professor Randy Hollings worth. 

Is there any significance to be attached? Maybe not. Then again, to me it is an indication of the level of love 
and relationships we developed here on Bryan Hill-relationships that can be picked up after 30 years without 
missing a beat. When you gather as friends and alums, let us know. I am grateful that many of you have 
responded these past months and sent me updates on your life. I would like to encourage you to keep it up! 
As we all know, the first place we turn in Bryan Life is Lion Tracks, to see who is listed there. Am I right? Well, 
your classmates want to know about you, so send me a blurb to put in the next edition. 

In the meantime, plan a trip back to campus. You will 
be amazed. 

In His Grace, 

David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 

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Dr. JeffBruehl & the Drakes 



continues to serve as a missionary 
with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 
Brazil. His church there organized 
a special celebration for his 75th 
birthday this year and arranged 
for his two daughters to join him 
for a five-day visit. 


MARSH, widow of ROBERT 
MARSH, '64, married the Rev. 
Ronald E. Crump of Indianapolis, 
Ind., on May 30. The Crumps are 
making their home at 3310 Oak 
Tree Dr., N.; Indianapolis, Ind. 

professor at Bryan, visited 
with members of the DRAKE 
family, including current student 
Jonathan and alumni JOSHUA, 
'00; ADAM, '03; and JEREMIAH, 
'08, during a visit to Franklin, 
N.C., this summer. 


received her Master's degree 
in social work from Edinboro 
University of Pennsylvania in 
May. While in school she was 
a member of the Phi Alpha 
Honor Society and the Graduate 
Social Work Association. She is 
a caseworker in child welfare, a 
position she has held for the past 
nine years. She and her family live 
in Cochranton, Pa. 


Dr. JEFF BRUEHL, '76, business 

Michael & Shala Gra 

SHEILA BARBER, '80, and 

Michael Gray were married on the 
shore of Lake Martin in Alexander 
City, Ala., on May 16. Former 
Bryan professor Dr. Ralph Paisley 

Gail Baua 

and his wife, Bonnie, traveled 
from Utah to attend the ceremony. 
The Grays live in Birmingham, 

NANCY WHITE, '81, is a 
member of the Macon, Ga., 
city council, and has served as 
director of senior health services 
and government regulations 
for Coliseum Health System 
since 1992. She is active in her 
community as a member of 
Christ Episcopal Church and a 
number of civic and professional 
organizations. She and her 
husband, Jeff, and son, John, live 
in Macon. 

DR. JACK HELLER, '85, is 
in his eighth year teaching at 
Huntington University, and was 
granted tenure in May. He teaches 
general education courses in 
English, as well as Shakespeare, 
and English Literature to 1800. 
Since 2007, he has assisted with 
Shakespeare Behind Bars, a 
Kentucky prison program guiding 
inmates at the Luther Luckett 

Dr. jack Heller 


Sarah Grace Almack 

Correctional Complex through the 
study, rehearsal, and performance 
of one play per year. This year, he 
will be talking with the men about 
"A Winter's Tale." 

received her Master's degree in 
counseling from Dallas Baptist 
University Aug. 7. She plans 
to take her licensure exam in 
October, then find a job as an 
intern. Kay and her husband, 
ANDY, live in Duncanville, Texas, 
with their four children. 


BETH (HORNISH), '90, and 
Jim ALMACK announce the birth 
of their third child, Sarah Grace, 
on May 8. Sarah weighed 8 lb., 
2 1 /2 oz. She joins big brother 
Daniel, 5, and big sister Rachel, 4. 
The Almacks are missionaries in 
Madrid, Spain. 

Cummmgs Family 

Maisy, Quvnn, & Blake McClam 

MATTHEW, '95, and Trish 
MCCLAIN announce the birth of 
Blake Bradfield and Maisy Carol 
on June 22. They join big sister 
Quinn, 4. Matthew received his 
Master's degree in counseling 
in 2006, and works as a school 
counselor in Fort Morgan, Colo. 
He is the district positive behavior 
support coach, and is in his 
second year as vice president of 
the Colorado School Counselor 
Association. Trish is director of 
nursing at Northeast Colorado 
Health Department. 

ANNETTE (SHARPE), '96, and 
Matt CUMMINGS announce 
the birth of their third child, Paul 
Josiah, on Jan. 6, in Nagoya, Japan. 
The Cummings are serving a year 
term with a church-planting team 
in Nagoya, but hope to continue 
with long-term missions work in 


'96, has left Bluefield College in 
Bluefield, Va., to begin her first 
year on the faculty of Union 

i OosUn Family 

University in Jackson, Tenn. 
Her teaching and research will 
focus on the immune system. 
Additionally, she hopes to pursue 
interests in bioethics and the 
philosophy of biology. 

CRISTY (KROEKER), '96, and 

Erik VAN OOSTEN announce 
the birth of their second son, 
Daniel Lucas, on April 20. Daniel 
joins big brother, Benjamin, 2. 
The van Oostens live in Brazil 
and are attempting to befriend an 
indigenous group to begin Bible 


DARA (BALLARD), '00, and 
Bryan DYKES announce the birth 
of their daughter, Carys Brynnan, 
on Oct. 10, 2007. Carys was born 
prematurely at 30 weeks, but is 
healthy, happy, and doing well. 
They also announce the birth of 
their son, Charles Steadfast, on 

Jett Paulo Rossi 

Oct. 8, 2008. Bryan is an attorney 
in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dara is 
at home with the kids. 

BYRON, '01, and JOIE 
(STONE), '02, ROSSI, announce 
the birth of their son, Jett Paulo, 
on Feb. 9. Jett weighed 7.8 lbs 
and was 20 inches long. Bryon 
works for Kensington Community 
Church as music director and Joie 
works part time as a nanny for 
two young boys, and takes Jett 
with her to work. 

ANNA LUFI, '02x, has been 
promoted to learning client 
consultant for retail and business 
banking at Fifth Third Bank in 
December 2008. In her new role 
she does performance consulting 
and then creates user guides and 
develops formal communication, 
classroom training, e-learning, and 
online classes as needed. She lives 
in Naples, Fla. 


Heath ELLIS were married April 
11, at The Farm in Rocky Face, Ga. 

Sutcr Family 

Audrey & Kate Branson 

Jennifer's twin sister, CARRIE 
served as matron of honor, and 
(HARVEY) LAWS, '02, served as 
bridesmaids. MILES and SONIA 
both '02; KATHI (HOGREFE) 
SHEDDAN, '03; and BRIAN 
EISENBACK, '02, were present. 
Jennifer received a Master's of 
Educational Leadership degree 
in 2004, and an Educational 
Specialist degree in Curriculum 
and Instruction in 2008. Jennifer 
and Heath are elementary teachers 
for Dalton Public Schools, and live 
in Ringgold, Ga. 

KENT, '02, and BROOK 

announce the birth of their 
daughter, Lilley Grace, in October 
2008. The Suter family lives in 
Lilburn, Ga., where Kent is in 
his fifth year as youth pastor at 
Cornerstone Bible Church. 

Heath & Jennifer Ell; 

DAVID, '03, and Ashley 
BRANSON announce the birth 
of their first children, Audrey 
Marie and Kate Alexis, on April 
4. Audrey was 4 lbs., 5 oz. and 17 
inches long, and Kate was 4 lbs., 
10 oz. and 17 inches long. The 
Bransons live in Spring Hill, Tenn., 
where Ashley is a full-time mom 
and David just opened his own 
business, DBR High Performance. 
Visit his web site at 

BETH (EPPINGER), '03, and 
Kip WILKINS announce the birth 
of their first child, Lucy Jane, on 
Feb. 28, in Panama City, Fla. The 
Wilkins family recently moved 
from Florida, where Kip was in 
the U.S. Navy Dive School, to 
Cambridge, Mass., where he is 
attending MIT studying naval 
architecture. Beth is a stay-at- 
home mom and hopes to become 
involved as a church counselor 
and mentor. 

ELAINE DAVIS, '03, completed 
her Master of Science degree 

Elaine & Pamela Davis 

in teacher education with a 
concentration in art education 
from the University of Tennessee, 
Knoxville, in August. She works 
at the Knoxville Museum of Art. 

BOB, '03x, and ABIGAIL 

announce the birth of their 
daughter, Adeline May, on April 
4. Addie was born prematurely 
and weighed 4 lbs., 4 oz, but is 
perfectly healthy. 

COLIN, '04, and ALEXIS 

announce the birth of their first 
child, Cadence Joy, on Jan. 5. 
Cadence weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., 
and was 20 inches long. Colin 
teaches elementary physical 
education and health in Toms 
River, N.J., and Alexis teaches 
middle school math in New 
Egypt, N.J. 


and Jason Hahn were married 
Nov. 29, 2008. They met while 
working at Wycliffe Bible 

Adeline May Ango 

Translators. Jason now works as 
a high school Bible teacher and 
dean of men at Orlando Christian 
Prep. Rachel continues to work as 
the Kidz Program coordinator for 
Wycliffe' s new member training 
program as well as coach for 
new members as they raise their 
financial and prayer teams. 


completed her Master of 
Arts degree in English with a 
concentration in Literary Studies 
at the University of Tennessee at 
Chattanooga this summer. She is 
working at Bryan as an instructor 
of English and director of the 
Writing Center. 

KATIE FLYNN, '06, and 
Nilavanh "Nil" Sosayachanh 
were married Aug. 30, 2008. They 
live in Twentynine Palms, Calif., 
where Katie works with Joshua 
Tree National Park's department 
of natural resources through the 
Student Conservation Association. 
Nil is a gunnery sergeant in the 
U.S. Marine Corps. 

Nilavanh & Katie Sosayachanh 

GLADE SMITH, '06, and 
BETHEL RAGLAND, '09, were 
married Feb. 28 in Buffalo, Ky 
The wedding party included 
GROSS, '08; HALEY KAYE, '09; 
'08; CALEB RAGLAND, '08; 
'06; and students Josh Ragland 
and Lauren Simpson. DAVID 
RAGLAND, '83, officiated, and 
JACKIE HOLUBZ, '08, was the 
photographer. Glade and Bethel 
live in Cozad, Neb., where Glade 
is a cattle rancher and Bethel 
teaches piano lessons. 

(GENTRY) LONAS, both '06, 
announce the birth of their first 
daughter, Canaan Elizabeth, on 
July 5. Rachel just finished her 
third year teaching high school 
English while Justin is editor-in- 
chief of Pulpit Helps magazine. The 

Smith Wedding Party 

Canaan Elizabeth Lonas 
Lonases live in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

ASHLIE PARKER, '06, and 

Andrew Pereiras were married on 
March 28. The Pereirases moved to 
Bakersfield, Calif., where Andrew 
works with Shell Oil Co. 


'07, and Nathan WRIGHT 
announce the birth of their 
daughter, Eliana Joy, on Nov. 27, 
2008, Thanksgiving Day. Eliana is 
the first grandchild for JACKIE, 
'82, and Doug PERSEGHETTI. 
Bethany and Nathan live in 
Dayton, Ohio, where Nathan 
works for the Air Force and 
Bethany teaches piano. 

SCHOENHALS, '09, were 
married July 4, in Amarillo, 
Texas. They live in Greenville, 
S.C., where Kyle works for Thirst 
Missions as a missions consultant 
and trip leader. 

ANTHONY, '08x, and DAYNA 

Eliana Joy Wright 

Andrew & Ashlie Pereiras 


announce the birth of their 
daughter, Aurelya Mercy, on 
Feb. 9. Aurelya joins big sister 
Addyson, 2. The Falzone family 
lives in Dayton, Tenn. 

KORI (WRIGHT), '09, and 
Adam HOLLAND announce the 
birth of their daughter, Kameran 
Jayde, on June 21, which was 
Father's Day. Kameran weighed 
7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 21 inches 
long. The Holland family lives in 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

JANA WATSON, both '09, 
were married May 17, in Cedar 
Mountain, N.C. They live in 
Ramseur, N.C, and teach at Faith 
Christian School. 

were married May 11, in Dayton, 
Tenn. The Nasiatkas live in San 
Antonio, Texas, where Jeremiah is 
national campus coordinator for 
Christians United for Israel. The 

Kameran] ay de Holland 

Addyson & Aurelya Falzone 

organization works to develop 
student leaders with biblical and 
moral reasons to support Israel. 

MAE (WELLS) HALL, '38x, of 
Winchester, Ky, died May 25. 


'50, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died 
June 17. 

ROBERT LEHNHART, '54, of Lake 
Forest, Calif., died Aug. 17. 


of Waxhaw, N.C, and former vice 
president for advancement, died, 
Aug. 1. 


'63, of Mary Ester, Fla., died Aug. 3. 

JAMES RIGBY, JR., '69, of 

Fullerton, Calif., died Jan. 16. 

PATRICIA VIGIL, '69x, of Olathe, 
Colo., died March 9. 

David &Jana Yillanueva 


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w w w . b r y i 

bryan ^ck^ &^ '51 

In the fall of 1947, 1 left northwest Missouri by train for Dayton, 
Tenn. I felt like I was in a totally foreign country I was so 
homesick those first few weeks! "When I go home at Christmas, 
I'll never come back/ 7 

The sub-floor of what was to become the White Chapel was being 

nailed in place as I arrived at Bryan. The prevailing wage for student 

labor was $.32 an hour, a fair wage because tuition, room, board, 

everything, was just over $400 a quarter. During my years at Bryan, I milked cows and enjoyed operating 

Bryan's grey Ford tractor. I helped construct forms and pour concrete in the steel-reinforced columns and 

beams for the two upper floors of the north half of the administration building. 

I hung around Professor Lloyd E. Fish as he was wiring the White Chapel. He taught me residential electrical 
wiring as well as psychology. That cured my homesickness. By Christmas vacation I couldn't wait to get 
back to Bryan. A year later when my brother, Jim, came to Bryan, Professor Fish took us both under his wing 
and taught us commercial wiring as we wired the two upper floors of the north half of the administration 

I recall my first three roommates in the Octagon: one Marine and two Navy veterans. They lived, walked, and 
talked a consistent Christ-like example in a way Fd never witnessed before. 

Dean Alma Rader's Old Testament course and other Bible classes compared favorably with the instruction I 
received later in seminary. 

I was a biology major, and remember the ecology field trips we often took. It was a very small, close-knit class 
of four, plus our instructor, Miss Rough. Once after class on Friday, I drove our class in my red Champion 
Studebaker to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We five were eating supper around a wooden 
picnic table in total darkness except for one flashlight. Suddenly, we all froze in silent fright. A big black bear 
had his head over the shoulder of a girl, only inches from her face. A boy had the presence of mind to grab a 
paper sack and make a rustling noise. The big black bear backed away and ambled off into the woods. 

I remember my one 'campus' at Bryan. About 9 p.m. one day, someone noticed a giant fire in the south end 
of Dayton. The dorm suddenly came alive, and I think every fellow rushed to the two-story grade school to 
help. The whole two story center section was engulfed in flames when we got there, breathless from the mile- 
and-a-half run. None of us had remembered we were supposed to sign out when we left the hill, especially at 
night. We were all campused that week. 

Bryan College gave me so very much, including my wife, Loretta Craig, who is 
now with Jesus, along with many who we knew then. I just say, "Thank you, Jesus, 
for Bryan then, for Bryan today, and for all those touched by Bryan!" 

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Dr. David A. & Debbie Wright 
Drs. L. Jake & Sandra Matthes 
John B. Bartlett 

James C. Anderson 
Sam & Nancy Anderson 
Celia Dixon 

Charles & Theda Thomas 
Rev. & Mrs. George F. Smith 

Howard & Juanita Spanogle 
Roger & Marge Butler 
Jake and Sandra Matthes 
David & Roberta Honeywell 
Daniel C. Boeddeker 

Constance Boeddeker 

Ruth E. Ross 

Jean Pierre & Wilma Pressau 

Karin & Jack Traylor 

David Byerley 

Karin & Jack Traylor 

Winnie Davey 

Richmont Graduate University 

Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado 

Steven L. Kreseski 

Connie D. Bunker 

Karin & Jack Traylor 

Gerald & Amy Smith 

Winnie Davey 

Paul & Patricia Cousins 

Karin & Jack Traylor 

Mr. & Mrs. Gombar 

Kenneth & Mary Hanna 

Rick & Kathy Farney 

Paul & Jane Ardelean 

Warren & Karyn Wells 

Serge Yurovsky 

Eugene & Linda Anderson 
Ralph Hayes 

Jean Sentz Tobelmann 

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Mrs. Genevieve Wright 

Mrs. Ruth Bartlett 
Ruth L. Bartlett 

Dr. & Mrs. Jack Traylor, 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Morgan 
Dr. John C. Anderson 
Dr. John C. Anderson 

Mrs. Harriet Anderson 

Mrs. Harriet Anderson 

Ralph Toliver, Violet Cather, 

Dr. Ted Mercer, Alice Mercer, 

Charlotte Jensen, Dr. Irving Jensen, 

Gladys Traylor, Ann Wildern Morgan 

Mrs. Don Pemberton 

David G. Smith, Susan 
(Smith) Johnsey Evan 
A. Smith, Margaret A. 
(Marler) Smith 
Jim & Judy Barth 
Jim & Judy Barth 
Jim & Judy Barth 
Jim & Judy Barth 

Clyde Boeddeker, Dr. Ted Mercer, 

Alice Mercer, Mildred Ross, 

Malcolm Hester 

Mildred Ross 

Mildred Ross 

Gladys Traylor 

Jewel & Calvin Goza 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Gorby 

Betty Lonie 

Betty Lonie 

Betty Lonie 

Betty Lonie 

Betty Lonie 

Jacqueline A. (Jones) Lewis 

Gertrude Nettleton 

Charles Russell Smith 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

Stuart Meissner 

.let your light 

shine before men, 

that they may 

see your good 

works and glorify 

your Father 

in heaven. " 

Matthew 5:16 


Allison (Womble) Haupert 
& Baby Eli 

Joyce Anderson 
Dr. Mary Hayes, 
Mrs. Ruth Bartlett 

Dr. John Bartlett 

Dr. F. R. Rogers, Mrs. E.B. Arnold 



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